Rattay's best day?

There's one significant number to suggest that Sunday's season-opening victory over the St. Louis was the best game of quarterback Tim Rattay's career with the 49ers.

Successful quarterbacks often are ultimately judged by their passer rating – which is based on a formula that takes into account several facets of their production – and Rattay emerged from the 28-25 victory with a 141.9 rating.

It's the best single-game rating for Rattay in his six-year career, and his seventh game with a rating of 110.0 or better.

Rattay completed 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards against St. Louis, throwing touchdown passes of 35 yards to Brandon Lloyd and six yards to Arnaz Battle.

Rattay's previous best single-game rating came in his second career start, a November game in 2003 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rattay led the 49ers to a 30-14 victory, compiling a passer rating of 130.6 after completing 21 of 27 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

THE 49ERS WERE COMING off a 2-14 season, and then they experienced the death of a teammate in the exhibition season. Coach Mike Nolan said his team has responded well to the adversity.

Now, the 49ers have to deal with something else.

"We're coming together all the time as a football team," Nolan said. "Everything we faced up to this point was typically adversity. All of a sudden we face success, so we have a new challenge this week that's a little different. I'm looking forward to that."

The 49ers take their 1-0 record to face the reigning NFC champion Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The 49ers pulled out an exciting victory over the Rams in the season opener at Monster Park. With a victory in their first game of the season, the 49ers are halfway to their entire win mark from last year.

"This will be a test of maturity because usually, immature people don't respond well to success," Nolan said. "They get full of themselves -- that's not going to happen."

The 49ers won their season opener despite getting dominated on the stat sheet. The Rams had approximate 2-1 edges on the 49ers in total offensive plays, yards gained and time of possession. Yet the 49ers held the Rams to four field goals on their five trips inside the red zone.

Nolan said the thing that he liked best about Sunday's game against the Rams was that both teams played similarly.

"What stuck out in my mind it was the fact both teams made mistakes in the ball game, and we were the winner," Nolan said. "And both teams made a lot of good plays in the game, and we were the winner. Usually the supposedly better team is the winner. We won in a game that both teams played that kind of game. That says a lot about our guys."

THE NIGHT BEFORE HIS coaching debut, Nolan received a gift from his older brother, Richard Jr. At the team hotel, Mike Nolan's brother handed him the 1956 NFL Championship ring his father earned as a player.

Dick Nolan, who would go onto coach the 49ers, won the ring as a result of the Giants' 47-7 victory over the Chicago Bears in the title game.

"When my brother moved out of the house, my dad gave it to him," Mike Nolan said. "Back then (in the early 1970s) the 49ers were playing in NFC Championship games versus the Cowboys, and dad gave my brother that ring because he thought he was going to win a Super Bowl ring (as a coach).

"My dad never got his Super Bowl ring. My brother's held this ring for all these years. Last night he said, 'Hey, I have something for you that you might enjoy for the game tomorrow.'"

The gift had a lot of meaning for Mike Nolan. His father was unable to attend Sunday's game. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in January around the time his son was named head coach of the 49ers.

Dick and Mike Nolan are the first father-son combination to coach the same NFL team on a permanent basis. Team owner John York handed Nolan the game ball after the 49ers' upset victory over the Rams.

NINERS CORNERBACK MIKE ADAMS, the team's regular nickel back, had a running dialogue with longtime Rams receiver Isaac Bruce during the game. Adams was on the field most of the game because of St. Louis' affinity for multi-receiver sets, and he generally had a rough game.

But Adams made amends for an earlier mistake when he ripped a poorly thrown pass away from Bruce for an interception in the closing minute to seal the victory. Adams dropped an easy interception early in the fourth quarter that would likely have gone for a clinching touchdown.

"I was feeling bad, but I knew I couldn't feel too bad because there was so much time left in the game," Adams said. "I knew there was so much time left on the clock I'd get another opportunity."

He also got the last word in his battle with Bruce.

"He kept saying that he didn't know me," Adams said. "My message is: I bet he knows me now."

RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE touched the ball six times in his debut. The rookie from the University of Miami (Fla.) carried four times for 17 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. If starter Kevan Barlow continues to struggle, the 49ers might turn more to Gore.

STARTING CORNERBACK AHMED PLUMMER, who missed the final 10 games last season with a bulging disk in his neck, led the 49ers with a career-high 12 tackles. He was a force in run support, coming up from his spot on the left side.

SHAWNTAE SPENCER, THE STARTING cornerback on the right side opposite Plummer, had a strong game in coverage, breaking up two passes. He made an outstanding play in the first quarter to swat a deep pass intended for Isaac Bruce at the goal line to prevent a touchdown.

RIGHT TACKLE KWAME HARRIS struggled early against Rams DE Leonard Little. Harris gave up one sack and another pressure before the 49ers made an adjustment to give Harris some help with tight ends and a back chipping.

CENTER JEREMY NEWBERRY MADE it through the game in pretty good shape, and Nolan said he expects him to be available for Week 2 against the Eagles. Newberry has a knee condition that limited him to just one game last season.

WIDE RECEIVER JOHNNIE MORTON appeared to be just fine the day after he sustained a concussion against the Rams. Nolan said he expects Morton to be available for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

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